curse word

noun

Definition of curse word 

: a profane or obscene oath or word : curse, swear word Eisenhower could swear as eloquently as most sergeants, but he went easy on the curse words in mixed company.— Stephen E. Ambrose

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The King’s Speech’ Starts streaming: June 2 Need proof of the therapeutic power of curse words? Jennifer Vineyard, New York Times, "The Best TV Shows and Movies New to Netflix, Amazon and More in June," 1 June 2018 The only things Shelby Miller was hurling, however, were curse words at himself. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Shelby Miller gets roughed up by Giants in second start, says he expects more from himself," 30 June 2018 Until then, there was plenty of talk in Portuguese, Vanzela confessing most of which were curse words. Glenn Graham, baltimoresun.com, "Brazil delivers World Cup victory as Blast players root for their home country," 22 June 2018 But in 30 years, exactly one curse word ever got through. Nick Vadala, Philly.com, "WXPN's 'Kids Corner' celebrates 30 years of creating a radio oasis for Philly's children," 17 Apr. 2018 Two of the most important were that they were not allowed to drink alcohol, and that they were forbidden from using curse words. National Geographic, "Why the Short-Lived Pony Express Still Fascinates Us," 23 June 2018 At roughly the same time Sunday evening that actor Robert De Niro was denouncing President Trump with an expletive at the Tony Awards, a gaming executive was on stage using the same curse word about Nazis. Todd Martens, latimes.com, "In a divisive political climate, E3 shows that maybe video games had it right all along," 12 June 2018 For instance, a writer couldn't go all Samantha Bee or use a curse word as a modifier. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Rangers Reaction: Time to call Beltre 'Slash.' It's better than 'Mr. DL'," 1 June 2018 In the calls, Brown would often start off seemingly rational but end the conversation with a torrent of curse words. Joseph Gerth, The Courier-Journal, "Once a promising Louisville politician, Carl Brown died alone, fighting his demons," 20 Apr. 2018

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1870, in the meaning defined above

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